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How long do I have to wait to wear glasses or sunglasses after otoplasty surgery?

For people with prominent ears that stick out significantly, Otoplasty can be performed to recontour the ears, and make them look more natural. One of the questions that comes up frequently about Otoplasty is, “How long do I have to wait to wear glasses or sunglasses after otoplasty surgery.” Many patients are anxious to resume wearing glasses after surgery, especially to protect their eyes (click here).

Otoplasty (ear pinning surgery) is a surgical procedure that is done to reposition the ears. It is performed on an outpatient basis, and takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete.

How long do you have to wait to wear glasses?
The incision for ear pinning surgery is generally made behind the ear, and since the glasses sits on the back of the ears, it’s best not to resume wearing your glasses or sunglasses until the incision has healed completely.

Immediately after surgery, patients are required to wear a compression garment in order to minimize any swelling. After a few days the compression garment is switched to a headband that should fit loosely over the ears, protecting them from any accidental bumps.

Healing should be complete within 2 to 3 weeks and after this time; it is usually safe to wear glasses again.

You should have a discussion with your plastic surgeon about when to start wearing your sunglasses after otoplasty, as recommendations may differ depending on the specifics of your individual surgery.

If you are interested in finding out more about Otoplasty, contact Song Plastic Surgery in Irvine, CA. Please call (949) 701-4454 today and schedule a consultation with Kyle Song, MD, board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Song has a lot of experience performing ear reshaping surgery.

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